Trudeau Appoints Paulette Senior and Two Others to the Canadian Senate
In December 2023, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment of three distinguished individuals to fill vacant Senate seats for Ontario. Among the notable appointees is Paulette Senior, a trailblazing advocate and community leader dedicated to dismantling systemic barriers and empowering women and girls.
Currently serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Paulette Senior has devoted her career to advancing gender equity. Her advocacy encompasses critical issues such as gender-based violence, women’s poverty, and the wage gap. As a senator, Senior’s expertise is poised to inject a fresh perspective and a determined voice into legislative discussions on women’s rights.
With a background that includes her role as the former Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Canada, Paulette Senior has effectively led, managed, and operated shelters, employment programs, and housing initiatives in Toronto. Her extensive experience positions her as a valuable asset in shaping policies that cater to the diverse needs of communities across Ontario.
Paulette Senior’s commitment to social justice is further emphasized by her involvement in equity-focused organizations like the Women’s College Hospital and the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council. Her 2022 appointment to the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments underscores her dedication to upholding justice and fairness within the legal system.
Numerous accolades, including the African Canadian Achievement Award, AfroGlobal Leadership Award, and the Black Business and Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Trailblazer Award, validate Paulette Senior’s exceptional contributions to community service. Such recognition solidifies her status as a leader and influencer in the pursuit of positive societal change.
Paulette Senior’s educational background, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Urban Studies from York University, and an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Lethbridge, further exemplifies her commitment to continuous learning and academic excellence.
In conjunction with Paulette Senior, Marnie McBean, a decorated Olympian, and Toni Varone, a businessman and philanthropist, were also appointed as independent senators to fill vacant seats in the Senate for Ontario. Together, these individuals bring diverse experiences and perspectives, promising a dynamic contribution to the legislative landscape in Canada.